I came across the great idea in Gretchen Rubin's book - Better Than Before (highly recommended for anyone who wants to change habits).
Gretchen makes the point, we waste time thinking about our future self, when we only have our NOW-Self to work with. We can actually neglect to do NOW important things, because we think our FUTURE-Self will get around to doing them.
Future-Brian will be a writer, a good husband, a strategic leader, a creative communicator, etc., etc., etc.
Really! How is Future-Brian going to become that kind of person if NOW-Brian isn't working on those things. Good things do not appear from nowhere. They are the results of the choices we make to practice, learn, align, adjust, NOW.